Zouk: World Music in the West Indies

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University of Chicago Press, Nov 24, 1993 - Music - 279 pages
With its irresistible dance beat, strong bass line, and straightforward harmonies and lyrics, zouk has become wildly popular in the Caribbean, Africa, and Europe. This book—complete with a compact disc and numerous illustrations and musical examples—provides a thorough introduction to the sound, lyrics, choreography, and social milieu of this vibrant and infectious new music.

"This invigorating reference work and companion CD of the Antilles' sexy zouk dance sound will lift readers out of their easy chairs and their complacency about the nonreggae aspects of Caribbean pop. . . . [Zouk] is a landmark achievement."—Timothy White, Billboard
 

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Contents

Zouk and the Isles of the Caribees
3
Zoukla Sé Sèl Médikaman Nou Ni
21
PART II
47
Popular Music of Guadeloupe 19401960
53
Issues of Change and Interchange
68
The Dominican Experience
90
An Interpretation
108
I I
114
Zouk in the Eighties
131
Zouk and the Local Music Industries
177
Zouk as a World Music in the Lesser Antilles
200
A gallery of photographs follows page 134
211
Notes
233
References
257
Index
271
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Jocelyne Guilbault is professor in the Department of Music at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Zouk: World Music in the West Indies.nbsp;

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